Amid the reveals on Feb. 16 of the publishing tie-ins to May’s Solo: A Star Wars Story were a pair of comics-related gems: A new Lando Calrissian mini series from Marvel Entertainment and a three-story arc focused on Han Solo and Chewbacca in the pages of IDW Publishing’s Star Wars Adventures.
The comics will begin to make their bow in May, with Star Wars Adventures’ Free Comic Book Day edition that features Han Solo and Chewbacca being pursued by bounty hunters Zuckuss and 4-LOM.
That story will be continued over two more issues in the pages of Star Wars Adventures. It’s written by Cavan Scott and drawn by Derek Charm.
Marvel, meanwhile, has tasked Rodney Barnes to write the five-issue Lando: Double or Nothing mini series that makes its debut on May 30, just a scant few days after Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters.
The story will be centered around Lando and the droid L3-37, with the focus: “When a beautiful crime lord commissions the galaxy’s most talented smuggler to help free her people enslaved by the Empire, Lando Calrissian must wager it all on an impossible mission fraught with danger. Set just prior to the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story, our charming scoundrel must face Imperial forces with the help of his ship the Millennium Falcon in a deadly race against time. But even with the deck stacked against him, Lando can’t help playing the odds.”
Artist on the book is Paolo Villanelli and letters are by VC’s Joe Caramagna. The colorist is yet to be announced.
Also coming are a pair of books that feature names familiar to readers of Star Wars comics, too, though the titles themselves are not comics.
The 2015 mini series, Star Wars: Chewbacca, that was written by Gerry Duggan and illustrated by Phil Noto is being adapted into a book aimed at younger readers aged 6 to 8, and features not just Chewie, but the character of Zarro, who featured so prominently in the five-issue comics title.
This is definitely a remake of sorts, so expect a similar story, but with a lighter touch that kids can appreciate. Still, we were just remarking on Comics With Kenobi how much we’d like to see Zarro again. Granted, it’s not a new story, but maybe this is the foundation for more stories about her and the struggle against the Empire.
Readers of IDW’s recent Star Wars: Forces of Destiny five-issue series are no stranger to artist Elsa Charretier. She’s also among the bevy of new tie-ins announced on Friday, too.
The fan-favorite artist, whose variants for Star Wars Adventures and Forces of Destiny have drawn critical praise, is illustrating the Cavan Scott-written Star Wars Choose Your Destiny: A Han & Chewie Adventure book. For fans of the old choose-your-own adventure books, it’s a trip down memory lane.
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